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Characters getting “knocked out” in films and TV shows

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Pizza, May 8, 2021.

  1. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni Thread Starter

    It sort of annoys me when characters in films and TV shows get conveniently knocked out, usually banged on the head, and then come to later like it was a sleeping pill. I don’t know what it takes to actually knock somebody out, but I got to imagine they don’t feel too good afterwards. Heck, or actually die or be comatose. And it’s a bit of a joke to me when it does happen and represents lazy writing to me.

    Anyone else feel the same or do you feel it’s handled well in cinema?
  2. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    I always thought the post Emma Avengers were big on that. It seemed every other show Purdy was chloroformed, knocked on the head or drugged. A guy at school used to keep track of what method got her napping. But to be fair, on later viewing, Emma did take a lot of naps, too.

    My favorite laughable one was a Shelly Hack Charlie's Angels ep where I think she counted to four and then went from struggling to tolally limp in the blink of an eye.
  3. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

    Silver Creek, NY
    If you're familiar with the Phillip Marlowe character created by Raymond Chandler in a series of several hardboiled detective novels, then later portrayed in film by Humphrey Bogart most famously, as well as Dick Powell, Robert Montgomery, James Garner, Robert Mitchum and others, you would note that Marlowe is either drugged or sapped unconscious in every installment. And that includes in all of the books.

    Chandler was a great writer, and Marlowe an extraordinary 20th century literary accomplishment, but I found that particular aspect of the novels to relieve me of my suspension of disbelief. I guess nobody really knew what multiple concussions would cause back then.
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  4. It happens a lot.
    Tap on the Head - TV Tropes
  5. ed carter

    ed carter Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Not to mention the radio series with Gerald Mohr - knocked unconscious in practically every show.
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  6. ed carter

    ed carter Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    I read somewhere that if you hit someone over the head, you're either going to just annoy them, or kill them. Very little middle ground. But movies aren't documentaries, and are full of tropes like this that we just learn to accept.
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    ANALOGUE OR DEATH Forum Resident

    Two words.Jim Rockford.
  8. Bhobb

    Bhobb Crate Digger

    It always amuses me how flimsy furniture and bottles are.
  9. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

    Tonto from the Lone Ranger should have been in concussion protocol after the first episode.
  10. Shoes1916

    Shoes1916 Forum Resident

    United States
    It bothers me a lot; those blows would be fatal in most cases IRL, but they're treated as a joke...
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  11. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    The Kids In The Hall did an excellent bit about this:

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  12. razerx

    razerx Who me?

    The East
    In classic American TV and cinema the way to solve a interpersonal problem is to punch someone in the face. I don’t know if “it is handled well” but the audience seem to cheer at the sight of it. In Kung fu movies getting kicked in the head should have 5 to 10 times the impact as a mere punch and yet they don’t stay down.
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  13. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

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  14. MilMascaras

    MilMascaras Musicologist

    Los Angeles, CA
    When that one guy karate chops the other guy in the neck, instant KO...

    though my personal method of knocking out bad guys is to use a Kirk 2 handed punch to the jaw
  15. Jay_Z

    Jay_Z Forum Resident

    His slap didn't seem to pack much of a punch, though. See:

  16. Tom Perry

    Tom Perry Forum Resident

  17. JediJones

    JediJones Forum Resident


    ANALOGUE OR DEATH Forum Resident

    Ever seen the BBC comedy 'Bottom' with Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson or 'The Young Ones'?Likewise many Vic Reeves/Bob Mortimer sketches.Like homages to classic Tom and Jerry but more violent!
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  19. soundboy

    soundboy Senior Member

  20. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    I've noticed that on movies/TV anytime someone is pushed down the stairs, they either die instantly or are unharmed...no in between.
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  21. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    As many times as Jim Rockford has been knocked out he should either be dead or have serious brain damage.
  22. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Forum Resident

    Tempe, AZ
    Peter Gunn too. He never seemed to check the backseat before getting in his car.
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  23. showtaper

    showtaper Concert Hoarding Bastard

    Mannix. I don't have any real numbers but it seems like he gets knocked out almost every other episode.
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  24. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV - US
    In a lot of old TV westerns someone always gets hit on the back of the head with a gun.
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  25. Eric_Generic

    Eric_Generic Enigma

    My immediate thought :D

    It happens in every single episode, I think? Deliberately so.


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